Random Writing Quote:

“Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

--Kurt Vonnegut

Terri Nolan

Speaker: Terri Nolan

Date: March 21, 2015

"Character Arc and Social Media"

Terri Nolan is a Southern California native who attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington. She entered with a plan to become a journalist and her first newspaper job was at the News Texan. Several of her short stories were published in literary journals during her college years. When rock radio beckoned she abandoned reporting and earned a B.A. in Radio/Television. She worked in broadcasting before moving back to the West Coast. Her Birdie Keane novels include Burden of Truth, Glass Houses and the upcoming Break Down. A short story, Hobo Joe, appears in the anthology, Murder in La La Land. Please visit her at www.terrinolan.com.

An essay of hers appeared in the Orange County Register in May. It was about an author who didn't utilize social media. Man, oh man, did this cause a lot of consternation. It came from all directions: her publisher, agent, and writer friends. She will expand this topic and talk about how social media has invaded our lives and how we as writers and society at large are dealing with the cultural explosion, and how writers can leverage it for their own benefit.


Upcoming speaker for April 18, 2015:

Anne Cleeland

Speaker: Anne Cleeland

"The Promise of the Premise: Why We Love Mysteries and How to Write Them"

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.

She writes a historical romance series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard. A member of Romance Writers of America, The Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.


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